Improve Patients' Quality of Life With aveoTSD(R) Anti-Snoring Device From Glidewell Dental Lab

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Glidewell Dental Lab, provider of dental appliances for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, has successfully launched its newest product to dentists and patients: the aveoTSD.

aveoTSD anti-snoring device from Glidewell Dental Lab

Available by prescription from a dentist, physician or medical specialist, the aveoTSD offers immediate relief to patients who snore.

Glidewell Dental Lab (http://www.glidewelldental.com), provider of dental appliances for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, has successfully launched its newest product to dentists and patients: the aveoTSD (http://www.getaveo.com). A simple, inexpensive anti-snoring device, the aveoTSD is an effective form of treatment for problem snoring. Available to patients through dentist, physician or medical specialist prescription, this easy-to-use, noninvasive anti-snoring aid improves health and quality of life.

An estimated 80 million people in the U.S. are affected by a chronic sleep disorder. Snoring is the most common and is caused by a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep. Large tonsils, a long uvula or excessive flabby tissue in the throat can contribute to this narrowing. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as being overweight, consuming alcohol and using tobacco can facilitate snoring. Age also plays a part, with 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women between the ages of 41 and 65 suffering from habitual snoring, according to the National Institutes of Health.

However, the most common cause of the narrowing of the upper airway is a tongue muscle that becomes too relaxed during sleep. When relaxed, the tongue gets sucked back into the throat and causes an obstruction in the airway. When air travels rapidly through the narrowed airway, it causes the relaxed soft tissues of the throat to vibrate. It is this vibration that creates the sound of snoring.

Habitual snoring, in which the tongue is completely sucked against the back of the throat and blocks breathing, can pose serious health risks. Snorers can experience symptoms such as fragmented sleep, dry mouth, morning headaches, memory deficit, depression, nocturia and nighttime reflux. Snoring also reduces blood oxygen levels, resulting in high blood pressure and increased stroke risk. It can also be a sign of diabetes.

What’s more, quality of life is impacted negatively by chronic snoring. Snoring reduces deep, quality restorative sleep, which leads to extreme tiredness during the day. This daytime sleepiness affects personal, intellectual and physical performance.

Today, many patients are turning to medical professionals to seek relief from snoring. Luckily, they can find relief for problem snoring by visiting their dentist, physician or a medical specialist. Traditional anti-snoring appliances such as mandibular advancement devices are custom made to fit the upper and lower teeth. They work by positioning the lower jaw forward, moving the base of the tongue forward and opening the airway. While effective, these devices are not indicated for patients with TMJ/TMD and bite problems and those who are edentulous. Surgery on the upper airway is invasive; the surgical success rate is often unpredictable and, as with any surgical procedure, it is not without risks.

The new aveoTSD offers an alternative to these traditional treatments. It is the simplest and least invasive device indicated for problem snoring and can be used for the treatment of simple snoring in both dentate and edentulous patients because it does not attach to the teeth. The aveoTSD anti-snoring device works by attaching to the end of the tongue using negative suction, holding the tongue forward during sleep. This ensures the airway stays open. The device increases airway space by preventing the tongue from falling back in the throat, reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibrations and thereby reducing snoring. Cephalometric and videoendoscopy studies have established that tongue protrusion creates a greater increase in oropharyngeal, velopharyngeal and hypopharyngeal cross-sectional areas of the upper airway, hence improving airway patency and function, helping those with chronic snoring to sleep sounder and breathe easier.

Developed through more than five years of clinical research by Dr. Chris Robertson, a Dental Sleep Medicine specialist, aveoTSD requires no impressions, no adjustments and has no moving parts. Available by prescription from a dentist, physician or medical specialist, the aveoTSD offers immediate relief to patients who snore. And because it doesn’t sit over dentition, it can be given to the patient on the same day they inquire about treatment. It is made from ISO 10993 medical-grade silicone and available in three sizes, though 95 percent of patients can comfortably wear the medium-size device. This ease of fit represents another advancement in the treatment of snoring.

Glidewell Laboratories is the exclusive U.S. distributor of the aveoTSD. For more information on aveoTSD, including fitting procedures, care instructions and how to order, visit http://www.getaveo.com or call 800-334-1979.

Glidewell Dental Lab is a privately owned corporation that has more than 40 years of history as a provider of high-quality dental restorations to dental practitioners nationwide. It has its own 53-person R&D team and is the most resourceful dental lab in the world. Its newly developed CAD/CAM processing capabilities are recognized as among the most advanced in the lab industry. To view our large selection of clinical videos, CE courses and our products and services, visit Glidewell Dental Lab.

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